Vincent A. Forlenza, Jr. '75

Retired Executive Chairman
BD (Becton Dickinson)


Vince Forlenza is chair of Lehigh University's board of trustees and recently retired as executive chairman of the board of directors of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a global medical technology company headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey after serving as its CEO. Forlenza led the transformation of the company from a manufacturer of medical supplies to a top 5 medical device, diagnostic and life science company. Under Forlenza’s leadership the market capitalization more than tripled. 

During his nearly 40-year career with BD, Forlenza held several executive leadership positions globally, in the United States and Europe. He was named president of BD in January 2009, assumed additional responsibility as chief operating officer in July 2010, became chief executive officer (CEO) in October 2011 and chairman of the board in July 2012. Previous appointments include leadership roles as senior vice president of Technology, Strategy and Development; president of BD Biosciences; and executive vice president and president of BD Diagnostics. He lived in Grenoble France from 1986 to 1990 while running Strategic Planning for BD Europe and then becoming general manager of the BD Europe Hypodermic Business. Forlenza retired from his role as CEO in January 2020. 

Forlenza served as chairman of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) Board of Directors from 2015 to 2017. In that role, he significantly advanced the association’s innovation agenda, collaborating with policymakers and industry partners to reinvigorate the innovation ecosystem and promote the value of medical technology in extending and improving patients’ lives, enhancing population health and supporting economically sound health systems. He has served on both the AdvaMed Board and its Executive Committee for seven years and is also the past chair of the association’s Board Committee on Technology and Regulation and is now chairman of AdvaMed’s Legal Committee. In addition, he served as chairman of the board for AdvaMedDx, a division of AdvaMed focused on the unique needs and issues facing diagnostics manufacturers. 

Forlenza serves on Moody’s Corporation Board of Directors, as Lead Director and chair of the nominating and governance committee. He is chairman of The Valley Health Systems Board of Trustees, and previously served as chairman of The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ. He is a past member of the Advisory Board for the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Lehigh University, where he also served as a member of the university’s Board of Trustees. 

Forlenza earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University in 1975, and a master’s degree in business administration from Wharton Graduate School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1980.